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Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Social Creature

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
Jun 05, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“Diabolical…A wicked original with echoes of the greats (Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn).”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times “17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer”

“Dark, stylish…Burton’s exceptional character work further elevates the tale; every individual is both victim and villain, imbuing their interactions with oceans of emotional subtext and creating conflict that propels the book toward its shocking yet inevitale conclusion…At once a thrilling and provocative crime novel, a devastating exploration of female insecurity, and a scathing indictment of society’s obsession with social media.”
Kirkus *starred review*

“Fans of the cult classic Poison Ivy will appreciate the mousy girl-wild girl dynamic on display in Burton’s fiendishly clever debut…An ingenious dark thrille rin the Patricia Highsmith Tom Ripley mode…This devious, satisfying novel perfectly captures a very narrow slice of the Manhattan demimonde.”
Publishers Weekly *starred review*

“This fast-paced, stylish, dialogue- and character-driven debut…will definitvely ensnare readers. Diabolically playing on what we think we know about others and what we reveal about ourselves in the social-media age, it will give readers the creeps, too.”

“Pulsing energy, polished language, perfectly drawn characters.”
Library Journal

“Burton creates a tense world of escalating artifice that is choked with ambition and FOMO. The result is a pleasurable blend of anxiety and thrill that deepens with each new instance of narcissistic cruelty. Social Creature is a millennial update to Ripley, in a digital world where identity is even more porous and easily hijacked, and the fun of watching selves be invented is matched by the nastiness with which they are destroyed.” 
—Caite Dolan-Leach, author of Dead Letters

“I read Social Creature in one breathless rush. It’s a wild nightmarish ride through a New York City of decadence and broken dreams, faking it and f*cking up, love and lies and more lies. This is the missing link between Bret Easton Ellis and The Secret History.”
 —Emma Flint, author of Bailey Prize longlisted Little Deaths

“Devious and decadent. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Courtney Maum, author of Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

“Glittering, breathless, and precise—Social Creature fearlessly explores identity in the modern world through a dangerous and magnetic friendship. Tara Isabella Burton’s prose is electrifying, her characters dazzlingly bright. This novel will consume you.”
—Danya Kukafka, bestselling author of Girl in Snow

“A mesmerizing and beautifully lyrical debut about sexuality, identity, envy, confusion, and the creepy ways in which we swallow one another in attempt to become ourselves.”
— Swan Huntley, author of The Goddesses and We Could Be Beautiful

“A compulsively readable, razor sharp novel for the social media age. Edith Wharton meets Patricia Highsmith.”
— Carol Goodman, bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Widow’s House

“Unflinching, cool, brutal. This book will make you its accomplice. You’ll go willingly.”
— Georgia Clark, author of The Regulars

“Lavis and wild and bohemian, Social Creature swept me up in its spell, spun me round the streets of New York and left me wanting moore. This book is ALL THAT JAZZ and then some.”
–Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me

“One of those rare literary thrillers that doesn’t sacrifice one element for the other. It’s fresh, fearless and exciting.”
–Amy Lloyd, author of The Innocent Wife

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